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How to throw the best garden party: Wimbledon style

Wimbledon tennis ball in court

Wimbledon will always be part of a quintessentially British summer. Make the most of it this year by throwing a Wimbledon style garden party in the comfort of your own garden. 

Wimbledon is the oldest grand slam in tennis and the grounds boast a fantastic history. For example, during World War II, tennis was halted at Wimbledon, however, the grounds remained in use for civil defence by the fire and ambulance services and the Home Guard. 

And what about the trophies? Have you ever noticed the pineapple on the top of the trophy? Yes, there really is a pineapple, and there's a really good reason why. Back in the 17th century, pineapples were very rare in England and consequently very expensive. Because of this, they became a symbol of significant wealth as the crowing fruit of only the most extravagant feasts. The women's trophy on the other hand is the rather beautiful Venus Rosewater Dish, which doesn't have a pineapple on it and instead looks like the most luxurious piece of serving ware

Preparations

Before your garden party, make sure to get your garden looking beautiful. The green grass on the Wimbledon courts takes months to prepare, so whilst you may not have that long, get the lawn mower out. 

For decoration, keep it simple. Traditionally, players would wear all-white, however whilst that rule has now been relaxed, it would certainly be a good way to go with decoration. Make sure to add some summer colour too with yellow and green.

If you fancy, you could even have a dress code. Dress like the Royals on Centre Court with summer dresses and suits for a posh garden party. Or, you could get your guests to come dressed in all white or sports luxe clothing. 

Food and Drink

Try and keep it simple when it comes to food and drink so you can spend as much time socialising with your guests, and watching the tennis. The classic summer drink of Pimms is always popular at Wimbledon, so is a must-have for your garden party. Serve with lemonade and lots of fresh fruits like strawberries and cucumber for a refreshing tipple. 

Gin is another favourite at Wimbledon so keep the gin and tonics flowing. You could even serve a gin cocktail to your guests if you fancy. But if you're doing a party during The Finals, there's only one thing to serve, and that's champagne!

strawberries and cream

When it comes to food, whatever you choose to serve your guests as a main meal, make sure you don't forget the strawberries and cream for dessert. Over Wimbledon fortnight, an incredible 28,000 kg of strawberries and 7,000 litres of whipped cream are are consumed. Chop your strawberries in half and serve with lots of whipped cream. You could even crumble up some meringue to make a quick and easy Eton Mess. 

The Perfect Set Up 

At any garden party, you need the right outside furniture to make your guests comfortable. An outdoor table is a staple in any garden, especially if you love to entertain. Try and find a table which is big enough for the typical number of guests you would be serving outside. However, at a Wimbledon garden party you may find guests wondering off to watch the tennis and not sat at your beautiful new table at all!

Harting Rattan Garden Sofa Set

When it comes to outdoor seating, invest in a beautiful outdoor sofa which is perfect for garden parties. Not only do they add sophistication and comfort to your garden, they are really practical too when you have a lot of guests. A rattan sofa is a great idea as they are weatherproof and look super stylish. Allow your guests to relax and with a glass of Pimms in hand whilst you finish off in the kitchen, or at the BBQ. 

You could even go all out with a garden sofa set for all your guests to sit and chat, which is made even better if the position means you can see the Wimbledon action on the TV! If this isn't an option, bring your laptop or tablet into the garden so you can sit outside without missing out. 

For more inspiration,  take a look at the garden furniture available on the Modish Living website, or get in touch with one of our team members for more information. 

Celebrate Independence Day with a huge garden party

American Independence day flowers and strawberry

As a nation, we no longer live in a vacuum and as such, national holidays and celebrations from other countries and cultures become part of our calendar of events too.

What is Independence Day?

Not to be confused with a film of the same name, Independence Day – also referred to as the Fourth of July – is no exception. It is a federal holiday Stateside (the American equivalent of a public or bank holiday here in the UK) and is the day that Americans celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

The thirteen American colonies were forming a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

Associated with parades, fireworks, carnivals, picnics and BBQs, it is the perfect excuse to team up with family and friends, and celebrate American Independence Day with a huge garden party.

Hosting an All-American Party

Lodsworth Rattan Corner Sofa Set with coffee table

Americans celebrate Independence Day in style – the bigger, the better! So, if you have plans to host a garden party, you need to go large.

  • Get the Garden Party-Ready

Firstly, before you start ordering bunting, you need to make sure your garden is in order.

This means a quick tidy up along with pruning shrubs into shape and, most importantly, making sure you have enough outdoor rattan furniture and/or patio chairs for people to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

A quality outdoor table and outdoor chairs are a great investment. As well as hardwood products, consider metal garden furniture – colourful and long-lasting – along with rattan chairs and so on are all great additions.

For something different, but equally as hard wearing, opt for reclaimed garden furniture.

The style is important too. As well as outdoor dining sets, consider the more informal approach of an outdoor sofa. A rattan sofa set is ideal for a busy garden and not just Independence Day celebrations!

American flag on independence day with sparkler

  • Dress Up the Garden!

With seating in place, you can begin to set the tone for your celebration garden party. Here are a few ideas;

  • Bunting and Flags – red, white and blue, stars and stripes are all a must. Because Americans do everything bigger, don’t scrimp on the flags and bunting.
  • All-American dishes – Americans love their food and we have welcomed some of their dishes into our culture too. Enjoy American hot dogs with lashing of mustard. Burgers are great on the BBQ too, along with chicken wings and legs. Don’t forget muffins, savoury and sweet, for sweet treats after the fries and burgers.
  • Glow sticks instead of fireworks – the lighter nights and the close proximity of your neighbours mean that fireworks can be a bit of a faux pas. Substitute for glow sticks and plenty of solar panelled garden lights
  • ‘Party Favours’ – as you bid your guests farewell, a party bag with cake and a few small gifts are ideal, especially for the children (and big kids!).

There is an amazing range of party retailers online who have everything you need for an American Independence Day garden party. All you need now is sunshine…